Ex-XP? What should I do with my old XP running laptop?
March 28, 2014 3:03 AM Subscribe
I have an old laptop running XP. The laptop actually dates from the Vista era, but I chose to have XP installed given the lousy rep that Vista had. I have seen this question
. I have a newer laptop that I use for most of my word processing and internetting needs. I can retire the old laptop, but it still works so I'd rather not ditch it. Assuming I am not going to attempt to run XP on anything connected to the outside world, what can I do with this old laptop?
posted by pianissimo to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
These are the options I'm thinking of:
1. Permanently disconnect it from the internet. I currently mainly used it to watch videos and DVDs on. I'd be reasonably OK just using it for this since I do have another laptop. If I go this option, how do I make sure it really is permanently disconnected?
2. Install Linux. I'd prefer this, since then I'd still have a computer instead of a glorified media player. I have no clue how to go about it. Do I install it on top of XP? Do I have to get rid of XP? And if so, how?
I can see a lot of information out there on the net, but I'd prefer some advice from Mefites. I can use a computer fine, but am fairly clueless about anything under the hood. I probably won't attempt a Linux install without idiot-proof step-by-step instructions. Help please?